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Ireland      Factfile

Also known as the Emerald Isle         
Divided into Southern Ireland, Eire.and Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom .
Population of Eire:3 523 000 (1991 census)
Capital: Dublin
Population of Northern Ireland:1 589 400
Capital: Belfast
Language: Irish (official) English
Religion: Roman Catholic (95%)
Education: Literacy rate 99%.Years of compulsory schooling 6-15.

7 Universities

Climate: Mild temperate.Rainfall is 2500mm (100inches) in the West to 750mm (30 inches) in  the East.
Government:The Seanad (Senate) 60 members. 11 nominated by the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) 6 by Universities and 43 indirectly to represent vocational and special interests.

The Dáil (House) comprises 166 members elected by the adult population by proportional representation.

The President is directly elected for a 7 year term.

Highest point Eire: Carrantuohill 1041 metres

Highest point N.Ireland: Slieve Donard 852 metres

Principal rivers: Shannon, Suir, Boyne, Barrow, Erne

National plant: Shamrock

Largest Lake: Lough Neagh in the centre of Northern Ireland

Currency Eire:The Euro formerly the Irish Punt

Currency Northern Ireland: Sterling

There's a dear little plant that grows in our Isle

Twas st . Patrick himself, sure, that set it;

And the sun of his labour with pleasure did smile,

And with dew from his eye often wet it.

It grows through the bog, through the brake, through the mireland,

And they call it the dear little shamrock of Ireland.

National Day: St. Patricks Day  17th March

The Irish flag is also known as the Tricolour

The Full Irish National Anthem words in Irish with English translation and midi file here

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